Police: Ohio women held with ropes, chains in home

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Nation-_Cleveland_hotstages_home.jpgA sheriff deputy stands outside a house where three women escaped Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in Cleveland. Three women who went missing separately about a decade ago were found in the home Monday just south of downtown and likely had been tied up during years of captivity, said police, who arrested three brothers. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Cleveland’s police chief says the three women held captive in a house for nearly a decade were restrained with ropes and chains and allowed out into the back yard occasionally.

Chief Michael McGrath said in an interview on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday that the physical condition of the three women rescued Monday was “very good considering the circumstances.”

McGrath says he was “absolutely” sure police did everything they could to find the women over the years. He disputed claims by neighbors that officers had been called to the house before for suspicious circumstances.

McGrath says the three men who have been arrested in the case “are talking” but he wouldn’t say if they have confessed. He says a charging decision could come later Wednesday.

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